Moving with Kids
Not surprisingly, moving house rates as one of the most stressful events families face today. Don’t let moving house sneak up on you, especially when children are involved.
Moving house? No one likes moving however people are always coming and going, for a myriad of reasons. Through thorough and strategic planning, moving house doesn’t have to seem like climbing a mountain. Climb that mountain bit by bit and you’ll reach the top without even realizing.
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Moving with kids?
If you have young children, moving house is much more than just booking furniture movers and packing boxes right? For the most part, your kids will need to forgo their favourite pastimes, regular playtime haunts, friends and the familiarity and security of their neighbourhood.
To help your children make these changes and adjustments parents can take measured steps to make this happen. Some experts claim that moving house rates highly among the most stressful events for families. But it doesn’t always need to be this way.
If your children are below the age of 5, moving house will most likely have little impact on them. Kids 5 and above is when you should definitely consider appropriate steps for getting them on board with the idea of moving.
Have an open and honest discussion
Call a family meeting, make the announcement fun – order in some pizza and gather around the dining room table allowing plenty of time for open and honest discussion. Write down any concerns your kids raise so you can devise an action plan step by step.
Include your kids in the decision-making process
Build excitement! Browse the internet and get your kids to pick out some cool looking houses. Once you have your short list of possible new homes take your kids with you for inspections and open homes. Plan a day trip with the family to your new neighbourhood so you can check out the local attractions. If you’re moving far away and it’s not within practical driving distance, take a virtual online tour of the homes, show photo’s and videos of the attractions – shops, beaches, sporting facilities, and other entertainment venues that make your neighbourhood really stands out – or, you could also plan a short break and book a local hotel for the weekend and check out the surroundings first hand.
Arrange a moving sale
“Setting up a moving sale has proven to be a real winner for involving your kids and warming them to the idea of moving” claims Matt who runs a busy removalists company in Brisbane – “Parents love this idea, and the kids love it even more. Sort out everything you need to cull and attach price tags to the purged items. Advertise your garage/moving sale and tell your kids you’ll cut them in on the profits for extra pocket money. Make sure you involve your kids with this process from start to finish”
Research your new surroundings when Moving with Kids
By now, the idea of moving may have begun to start setting in. If your children are older, show them some key online resources in relation to what to do and what to see and where to go. Website links to potential schools, available sporting venues and social communities. Encourage them to lookup local magazines and papers so they can find out more about what goes on.
Including, but not limited to the kids’ bedrooms, once you’ve moved in it’s time to stamp your identity on your new digs. Visit the local hardware store and collect paint swatches. If you have teenagers, set a budget and give them the option to take 100% control of re-doing their own bedroom – linen, paint, rugs and furniture.
Host a farewell, but see you soon party!
Leaving town doesn’t need to signal to your kids they will never see their friends again. Lesson the anxiety and host a party for friends and family. It’s a great opportunity to exchange contact details and to take photo’s for the kids to keep in their memory box. Through emails, texting and Facebook will help maintain old friendships whilst they transition to their new environment, hopefully making new friendships in the process. Take this opportunity to also arrange to catch up for a weekend visit, or to meet up at a central location.
Exploring your new town
You’ve been at your new home for a week or so now – busy unpacking and setting up. Now it’s time to start exploring and getting among the community. Grab a guidebook and calendar and make plans with the kids for some fun outings. Whether it’s hitting the beach, exploring the nature tracks, strawberry picking or hiking, now’s the time to start filling up your fun calendar.
Making new friends
According to Michele Borba, Ed.D. a Parents advisor and the author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, younger children are most likely to establish new friendships based on proximity, and school-aged children choose their friends based on common interests. Expecting young children or older children to make friends on their own is often expected by parents, but they need to be shown how. Teach your children skills for introducing themselves and conversation openers.
Continue to bolster their confidence every day to help with this major transition.
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